Sunday, January 25, 2015

Upcoming Exhibition: Vicky Hoffman, Joan Wynn, Joan Horsfall Young

Tuesday, Jan 27 - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 31, 5-8 p.m.

Artist Talk: Saturday, February 7, 3 p.m.

Transitions, Vicky Hoffman

Vicky Hoffman, At a Crossroad, Mixed Media, 10 x 10"
Is it possible to go forward in life without dragging the past into the future? This is a question that Vicky Hoffman explores in her upcoming exhibition. Transitions require balance and spontaneity; an inquiring state of mind; a positive reflection in the face of negativity and still hold a vision for the future. Transitions enable us to make fundamental changes to how we see the world and respond creatively to our new reality, good or bad.

Hoffman’s aim with this body of work is to explore and renew the unexpected and sometimes unwelcomed transitions. Her work weaves between discourse, environmental influences and emotions. She uses maps, grids and tactile materials to provide a slightly more intimate perspective. She applies mixed media and encaustic paints to create a veil of light and depth as well as transparency to achieve an abstract environment.

Reality, Joan Wynn
Joan Wynn, I Think, Welded steel, 22 x 9 x 6.5" 
In Reality, Joan Wynn features sculptures that are inspired by her own life and by universal experience. Distilling memories from her past, Wynn creates figures and symbols that reflect isolation and longing. Her sculptures also draw on her current life and future goals. Wynn’s studies in ethics are a stimulus for sculptures included in Reality that raise broad questions of human existence. These issues include the extent to which boundaries between people are inevitable and how fully we can and should move beyond them. Other works explore whether our lives can be guided by intentional trajectories. And still others reflect our need to create groups that privilege their members while excluding others. Most of Wynn’s work is welded from recycled steel that carries the scarring, patinas and wear from past use adding to the depth of her sculptures.

Pretty Things, Joan Horsfall Young
Joan Horsfall Young, Pretty Lady, Oil on linen, 30 x 24"
With her latest body of work, artist Joan Horsfall Young contemplates the qualities that render something pretty. “Although ‘pretty’ is an unnecessary accessory, it rests upon the underlying depth, wisdom and simplicity that supports it,” says Horsfall Young. Horsfall Young presents her viewers with motifs of elegant simplicity that call for a closer look. With her still life study Pretty Lady, Horsfall Young portrays a delicate Chinese statue with attention to history. “Empress Xiaochengren completed the monumental task of compiling the first dictionary of Chinese characters - 45,000 in all,” says Horsfall Young. “However, she is most remembered for being pretty, or enchanting - was it her laborious work that made her appearance so charming?” Using masterful buttery paint application, her works illustrate an immediacy of technique that is rooted in her plein air background. Subtle highlights and shifts in color convey tranquility, coaxing viewers to pause from life’s bustling chaos.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Coming Exhibition: TAG Group Show 2015

January 6 - 24, 2015 

Reception: Saturday, Jan. 17, 5-8 pm

The group show features work of all 42 gallery artists.

For this show, TAG Gallery is supporting our local community by donating 25% of sales proceeds to the non-profit organization, Chrysalis. Chrysalis creates a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing resources to find and retain employment. For more information on Chrysalis, visit

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Coming Exhibition: Lorraine Bubar, Anne Ramis, Katherine Rohrbacher

Tues. November 25 - Sat. December 20, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 29, 5-8 p.m.

Artist Talk: Saturday, December 13, 3pm

Mountain Lore, Lorraine Bubar
Lorraine Bubar, Denali, Papercut, 39 x 35.5 in
Lorraine Bubar's current exhibition was inspired by her Artist-in-Residency spent in Denali National Park in Alaska where she immersed herself in the diversity of life thriving in that vast wilderness. “Artists have had a long relationship with national parks, interpreting them in meaningful ways that inspire and enrich the experience for future visitors,” says Bubar. Her painterly, intricate papercuts illustrate the simultaneous strength and fragility of this mountain environment, while echoing the same strength and fragility of the paper medium. Mountains, with their inherent magnitude and mystery, have inspired travelers, climbers, writers, artists, and dreamers alike. Papercutting is an art form created in countries around the world, and in these cultures many tales occur in mountain environments - places that hold beauty, drama, and intrigue. Bubar’s addition of the narrative woven within her newest work addresses the tales that evolved from the mystique and power of the wilderness and evolved from the impact of illustrating a children’s book. The book, “Lullaby,” written by Debbie Friedman and illustrated by Bubar, was released by Jewish Lights Publishing this fall.

Landscapes: Fact and Fiction, Anne Ramis
Anne Ramis, What Next, Mixed Media, 16.5 x 26 in
Creating in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg’s combination techniques, Anne Ramis applies her own combinative artistry to her latest body of work. Working within several different types of media, incorporating drawing, painting and collage elements, Ramis’ ethereal landscapes present a dual sense of foreboding and wonder. “This show combines earlier with recent landscapes,” says Ramis. “[These are] places that I’ve lived in and places that I’ve passed -- places that do and do not exist.” Lavender skies and jagged rocks form a winding path in works like “What Next” while verdant mossy abstractions and deep blues form surreal pools of water in “Giglio, Now.” In certain works, cut-out photographs of Ramis’ own dogs are dispersed among the rocks, as Ramis illustrates surreal terrains that act as a form of personal topography. The effect is that of a vivid dream, at once familiar and foreign.

Metamorphosis, Katherine Rohrbacher
Katherine Rohrbacher, Blossom, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 30 in
Poet Ovid pronounces in Book One of his mythological epic, Metemorphesis, “I intend to speak of forms changed into new entities.” Katherine Rohrbacher provides a modern meditation on transformation, posing the question of what it means to change -- whether artificially or naturally. In an era where physical perfection is held paramount, the lengths to which individuals may go to edit both bodily imperfections and age, is a 21st century crusade. Rohrbacher’s large format paintings offer a confrontational view of surface beauty. Charcoal and oil self-portraits offer a glimpse of the psychological impact of surgery in a series titled “Nose Job,” as Rohrbacher presents her own likeness as the face of change. Motifs of decaying roses and ceramic butterflies encircle other works, addressing metamorphosis directly, while illustrating the fragile, brief circle of life. A gallery installation featuring live flowers in jars that trace the actual dimensions of a casket will accompany Rohrbacher’s paintings and ceramic works for the duration of the exhibition, mirroring the same delicate stages of life and death that she confronts in her work. She will also show in New York at the Edward Hopper House in their 21st annual Small Matters of Great Importance Exhibition, on view October 25 through December 27, 2014.